Preventing school shootings with more security

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- School security often gets a bad rap, but recently an example of security officers doing their jobs and preventing a shooting made the news.

    Monday's incident at Hall High involved a real gun, and came in the midst of the Little Rock School District' process to beef up its security.

    "She was anxious about it and almost had a panic attack," said Lesley and Gene Hicks, parents of a Hall High School student.

    During a random scan, one of Bobby Jones' security officers discovered a gun hidden in a student's pocket.

    "He said he has problems in his neighborhood. It didn't have anything to do with the school," said Jones.

    Jones said once a week, the district conducts three random room and two locker searches. Every three months, the entire school is checked. Plus, there are cameras everywhere.

    "We have some schools with a hundred cameras," said Jones. "The Little Rock Police can come online and view any school that has a camera system."

    Jones said Monday's weapon was the first gun found on district campus this school year. As much as the district tries to increase security, the Hicks knows it still doesn't resolve the social issue.

    "Did this student bring a weapon because he felt threatened?" said the Hicks.

    Jones said he's in the process of installing power locks at school entrances and adding more security officers.

    There was also an incident on Friday where two Central High students used a fake gun to try to steal money and a cell phone.

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